Soon after the Supreme Court dismissed the review petitions filed by Prashant Bhushan, Arun Shourie and Yashwant Sinha for lack of merit, netizens invoked the Bofors scam to remind Rahul Gandhi, who as then Congress President had based his entire campaign for 2019 general elections on imaginary Rafale scam.
Congress is haunted by the ghost of Bofors because Rajiv Gandhi took favours. Now Congress will be haunted by the ghost of Rafale because Narendra Modi did not take favours. Congress is a party of super-dolts!#RafaleVerdict
— Noted Historian (@NotedHistorian) November 14, 2019
BJP IT Cell head Amit Malviya tweeted how Bofors legacy is exclusive to Rahul Gandhi’s family and that PM Modi is incorruptible.
People of India rejected Rahul Gandhi’s lies on Rafale at the hustings and now even the Supreme Court has dismissed review petitions in the matter. Rahul ‘Rajiv’ Gandhi learnt the hard way that Bofors legacy is exclusive to his family and PM Modi is incorruptible… #RahulRaFAIL
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 14, 2019
Political survey agency Jan Ki Baat CEO Pradip Bhandari took to Twitter to say how Congress-led Opposition left no stone unturned ahead of elections in a bid to topple the government. However, it didn’t work.
Congress led opposition left no stone unturned in alleging Modi govt of defence corruption. They tried to replicate the Bofors scam to topple the govt. Today’s SC verdict is the second verdict, and the mandate given by people in 2019 itself was the the first verdict. #Rafale
— Pradeep Bhandari(प्रदीप भंडारी) (@pradip103) November 14, 2019
Netizens even asked Rahul Gandhi how come he never invoked Rafale once the 2019 election results were out if Rafale was really a scam and he believed in it.
#RafaleVerdict @RahulGandhi How come Rafale which was such a Big Scam was not discussed by you after 23rd May ? It was your stunt & nothing else. Anyways, you have now got a tight & resounding slap on your face.
Remember not everyone is like Rajiv Gandhi, the Bofors scammer!
— Rajat (@rajat_trips) November 14, 2019
The then Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, ahead of 2019 elections, in Parliament had said that Bofors had brought down Congress government but Rafale will bring back the Modi government back.
— Haritha Varanasi (@vharitha17) November 14, 2019
During the run-up to 2019 elections, Congress-led Opposition had trained guns on PM Modi and often repeated the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ jibe which then Congress President Rahul Gandhi had coined. However, the same has backfired.
In fact, the Supreme Court today while dismissing contempt petition against Rahul Gandhi for wrongly attributing ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ slogan to the apex court also said that he needs to be careful in future.